Apple CEO Tim Cook will be the first to tell you — he loves the Apple Watch and its health tracking capabilities. So if there’s anyone who would serve as a high-profile guinea pig for a breakthrough new feature for the device, Cook’s a top candidate.
Apple’s many mouthpieces will be the first to tell you about how the company is working to revolutionize the world — but this feature has the potential to be truly life-changing. The addition of a non-invasive blood-sugar tracker to the Watch’s toolkit could be a real, immediate breakthrough for the millions of people around the world living with diabetes.
This is far from the first time we’ve heard about the potential for a glucose-monitoring Watch feature. Apple reportedly has an entire team of scientists hard at work on the tech’s development, which could come in the form of modular Watch bands or some other external add-on to the device.
Cook has admitted that he’s worn a glucose monitor before, so this report does carry some extra weight. He told a group of University of Glasgow students about his experience wearing such a device in February, CNBC reports, and reiterated the lengths that people who live with diabetes go through every day in order to monitor their blood sugar using conventional means.
There’s no doubt that Apple is focused on bringing health tech to the masses via the Watch — Cook said as much in February. “This is an area where I’m very excited about Apple’s contribution,” he told the group. “Very excited.”